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Boydton in Mecklenburg County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Boydton Academic and Bible Institute

Boydton, Virginia

 

—Mecklenburg County —

 
Boydton Academic and Bible Institute CRIEHT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Boydton Academic and Bible Institute CRIEHT Marker
Inscription. Boydton Academic and Bible Institute was opened in 1879 in building that had been abandoned by Randolph-Macon College when it moved to Ashland in 1868. Dr. Charles Cullis, a humanitarian from Boston, purchased the property in 1878 and opened the school with the partial purpose of training African-American preachers and teachers.

Cullis sent Mr. and Mrs. Sharpe to Boydton to operate the school. Mr. Sharpe, having poor health, died not long after their arrival, and Mrs. Helen Bradford Sharpe, his wife, took over and became the guiding hand of the Institute for more than 30 years.

The school consisted a large four-story brick building, a two-story house and 425 acres of land. A boarding department was added and courses offered on the secondary level.

In 1910 the school was purchased by the Christian Alliance of New York City. It was operated by the Alliance until 1916 when the school was forced to close due to lack of support. Shortly afterward, the property was transferred to an alumni board of trustees, who reopened it using tuition fees and private contributions. The new school had four years of high school courses added to the curriculum, and in 1927 the first high school class graduated. After 1922 high school subjects were dropped. The school continued to operate as an elementary school until
The graduating class of 1906 image. Click for full size.
1906
2. The graduating class of 1906
1935, when it was permanently closed. As a result of the efforts of Dr. Cullis, Mrs. Sharpe and others, Boydton institute produced many of Mecklenburg County’s finest teachers and ministers of the past century.
 
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 37.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 36° 39.773′ N, 78° 24.359′ W. Marker is in Boydton, Virginia, in Mecklenburg County. Marker is on Highway Fifty Eight (U.S. 58) 0.1 miles east of Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boydton VA 23917, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Taylor's Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Old Randolph-Macon College (a few steps from this marker); A Revolutionary Soldier (within shouting distance of this marker); Boydton and Petersburg Plank Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Mecklenburg County Confederate Monument (approx. one mile away); Boydton (approx. one mile away); Boyd Tavern (approx. one mile away); Boydton Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boydton.
 
More about this marker.
US Rt 58 (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
3. US Rt 58 (facing west)
On the left are three photos with the captions:
"(Top Left) The Steward's Hall was not only the dining hall, it was the center of social affairs during Commencements."
"(Bottom Left) The main building."
"(Below) The graduating class of 1906."

On the right is a photo with the caption, "(Right) The Boydton Academic and Bible Institute campus."
 
Also see . . .
1. Randolph-Macon College: The Boydton Years, 1832-1868. Boydton Campus Preservation Project (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Randolph Macon College Boydton, Virginia. (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on May 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.EducationNotable Buildings
 
Boydton Campus Preservation Project image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
4. Boydton Campus Preservation Project
Old Centre Building image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
5. Old Centre Building
Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map image. Click for full size.
6. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map
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11. Virginia State University

Petersburg
12. Earliest Known Public High School for African Americans in Virginia
13. McKenney Library
14. The Peabody-Williams School

Dinwiddie County
15. Southside Virginia Training Center
16. Rocky Branch School
17. Early Education in Dinwiddie County

Nottoway County
18. Blackstone Female Institute
19. Mt. Nebo Church
20. Ingleside Training Institute

Lunenburg County
21. The People's Community Center
22. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Christian Day School

Prince Edward County
23. Prince Edward County Public Schools
24. R. R. Moton High School
25. Farmville Female Seminary Association
26. First Baptist Church
27. Beulah AME Church
28. Hampden-Sydney College

Charlotte County
29. Southside Virginia Community College - John H. Daniel Campus
30. Charlotte County Library
31. Salem School

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32. Meadville Community Center
33. Mary M. Bethune High School
34. Washington-Coleman Elementary School
35. Mizpah Church

Mecklenburg County
36. Thyne Institute
37. Boydton Academic and Bible Institute

Brunswick County
38. Southside Virginia Community College - Christanna Campus
39. Saint Paul's College
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,107 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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